BREAKING NEWS: Marshall’s Jerry DeLaurie resigns

Marshall boys basketball coach Jerry DeLaurie has resigned, Marshall athletic director Jason Taylor confirmed. “The administration has accepted his resignation and wishes coach DeLaurie well,” Taylor said. DeLaurie spent three seasons at Marshall, leading the Eagles to a 57-25 record and a trip to the semifinals and quarterfinals appearences in the CIF-Southern Section playoffs. DeLaurie cited a tenous schedule for his resignation. His duties as physical education teacher has increased at David Starr Middle School in the Burbank Unified School District. “It’s tough to get over (to Marshall),” DeLaurie said. “The first year was tough but I had a lot of seniors coming back and I hung in there for one more year, for them.” DeLaurie said there were some minor issues in his short tenure at Marshall “but I got over them,” he said. “Not having a gym, that’s pretty tough,” DeLaurie said. “But the main reason is I teach in Burbank. It just wasn’t fair for the kids to wait until I arrived.” There is an opening at Burroughs High and DeLaurie confirmed he will inquire about that position. In his first season at Marshall, DeLaurie was the athletic director at AGBU in Canoga Park, and in that capacity it was easier for him to leave for games at Marshall. The following year, DeLaurie left AGBU to teach in Burbank. “Last year was tough and this last season was even tougher,” DeLaurie said. Marshall athletic director Jason Taylor said the school will begin looking for DeLaurie’s replacement. “Ideally we would like to hire a credentialed teacher but we will be considering walk-on applicants as well,” Taylor said. “We’re seeking to select a candidate that has experience managing a multiple-level basketball program. “Are we going to rush through the interview process? No. But at the same time our goal is to have the new coach in place before the school year ends, which is approximately 6-8 weeks from now.”

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